WHY HAVE AN ESTATE SALE?
A FEW REASONS:
1. Estate Sales are the best way to maximize the sales price for most personal property found in a home.
2. Estate Sales are the most direct and profitable way to sell personal property to the general public.
3. Estate Sales are an incredibly efficient way to clear a home of its possessions and make it ready for sale.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?
Once an agreement is signed, we will begin preparing for the sale. You will not need to lift a finger! We will take care of everything. We pride ourselves on this.
Hand us a key, and we will hand you a check!
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I EXPECT TO ATTEND THE SALE?
We are experts at marketing & advertising, plus we have a steady growing fan base and because of this we regularly see hundreds of people at our sales. An overwhelming amount of our shoppers are not here to browse, they are here to buy, and we make it easy for them to do so.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
WHAT DO YOU DO TO PROTECT MY PROPERTY?
For all our sales, we take every precaution to protect your home and contents. We do the following for all sales:
- Provide signage, safety warnings and policies throughout your home.
- Staff your sale to match the size and needs of your home.
- Control traffic flow into the house and designate one exit only.
- Promptly address any customer behaving in a manner that could cause damage to your property.
- Keep small items such as jewelry, coins, precious stones in jewelry cases that will be staffed by our employees.
- Hiring private security or off-duty police officers optional.
- We require you to have home owners insurance in place. If there is ever a slip or fall on premises, we would refer them to you where you would refer them to your insurance policy in place.
HOW DO YOU PRICE THE ITEMS?
Our pricing procedure is based on years of combined experience in buying and selling art, antiques, collectibles and fine furnishings and so much more. We utilize a wide range of resources to conduct research and will consult with experts for specialty items. We apply a price tag or sticker to every single item. People usually wont buy an item that isn’t clearly marked. We will price every item with a price that is from a competitively compared recent sold price, not an items “book value” which might never sell close to that figure. We will adjust pricing as needed to account for the items current market trends, geographical location and sometimes even seasonal popularity. Every item is priced with two goals in mind:
1.) To sell each item for as much as possible 2.) To liquidate as close to 100% of inventory as possible.
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH ITEMS THAT ARE NOT SOLD?
IT’S REALLY UP TO YOU
We average a very high sell-through rate. It’s up to you what you want to do with leftover items. You have a variety of options that we can assist with. You can choose to keep those items, or give them to a charity to have the items donated to. It’s up to you! Regardless of which option you choose, we can leave you with a completely empty home.
DO I NEED TO BE MOVED OUT OF THE HO– USE FOR THE SALE?
NOT EXACTLY, BUT WE WILL NEED ROOM TO WORK
We prefer that when our team arrives we are able to transform the house into a shopping environment and to do that with the best results, we maintain a no resident policy, but this is not absolutely necessary. We ask that the owner or estate executor not be on the premises for the set-up or during the sale, as things can get emotional and it will slow us down considerably. We recommend that you take a spa day or something that allows you to sit back and distress, after all, that is why you hired us! We encourage you to do a final walk-through the day before the sale to see how the sale will be displayed. We know you will be very excited with all the work we have done. If you would like us to call you after each day of the sale to recap, we would be happy to, just let us know!
HOW LONG ARE YOUR SALES?
USUALLY 3-4 DAYS
Our sales are usually 3 days – Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If a sale warrants more time, we can extend the sale through Sunday.
DO YOU DISCOUNT ITEMS ON THE LAST DAY OF THE SALE?
LAST DAY, IT IS IMPORTANT TO DO SO
Most items that have not been sold yet may be discounted on the last days of the sale. One of our goals is to sell everything, so there is nothing left behind for you to worry about. We find that having a time with discounted prices keeps the estate sale busy and entices customers to return, maximizing your total profit.
HOW DO YOU ADVERTISE THE SALE?
WE ARE MARKETING AND ADVERTISING EXPERTS
We pride ourselves on the effectiveness of our advertising process. Everything we do, from choosing appropriate wording for ads to deciding which streets to place signs on, is done with the intent of making a sale successful. We advertise on our own website and all of the main estate sale websites – estatesales.net, .org and .com. We are also listed on all major search engines, and we have a following of regular customers that is steadily growing, and we notify them by utilizing our extensive email list well into the thousands! We also have a growing data base of collectors for specific items. We will contact them to let them know that you have something for sale that may be of interest to them.
HOW WILL I BE PAID?
WITH A CHECK WITHIN 7 DAYS OF THE SALE
Depending on the size of your estate, our records are normally reconciled within 48-72 hours of the sale and a business check mailed within 7 business days. If credit card payments are accepted at the sale, the card payments take 24-48 hours to clear the bank Monday through Friday before the account can be reconciled. You will receive a business check sent USPS priority mail with signature. Please make sure we have a valid mailing address on file at the conclusion of the sale.
ARE YOU INSURED?
YES! WE ARE PROFESSIONALS
We have adequate insurance policies in place. We require that when you hire our company, that you must also have adequate insurance in the form of a Homeowners Policy. If you wish to take that policy one step further, you may add us directly onto your policy for the time you are hiring us. If there ever is an occurrence, we would refer them to you, where you would refer them to your Homeowners Insurance.
DO YOU CHARGE A SET UP FEE OR RETAINER FEE?
We strongly recommend that if any liquidator tries to charge you any sort of “Set Up Fee”, or asks for any money up front (Retainer Fee), that you immediately look elsewhere. That is not a standard practice and a professional liquidator would never do such a thing. How we are paid for our services is very cut and dry and outlined in a very professional Estate Sales Agreement once we actually see your estate.
OK, I LIKE WHAT I’M SEEING, WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP?
OUR REPUTATION KEEPS US VERY BUSY. IT’S IMPORTANT TO CONTACT US ASAP.
Call the company you can trust (727) 784-9009
Our success is from the trust we have gained throughout our community and our clients, by way of hard work, dedication and a deep commitment to the highest standards of our industry. We are a family owned and operated business, be rest assured that our hearts are immersed in this business and because of that, we are dedicated to remain the #1 Estate Sale company in all of Tampa Bay Florida!